About US & FAQs
The SEC 1.107 computer lab has desktop computers with a variety of engineering software (for example, Solidworks and Comsol Multiphysics) installed and available for student use.
Access to this space can be arranged by contacting Nishant Sule (email@example.com).
Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning
Dr. Anas Chalah is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning at the School of Engineering, as well as a lecturer in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University. He leads a team of engineers and collaborates with faculty to create an environment that encourages hands-on engineering education. As a member of the research and teaching senior executive team, he applies new pedagogical methods in developing experimental and design-based activities, as well as in supporting SEAS' growing presence in Biological and Environmental Engineering. Anas received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Active Learning Labs Manager
Rachel is the Active Learning Labs Manager and provides broad managerial oversight and technical support to the Teaching and Learning group. Her academic training includes a BS in Archaeology and Materials from MIT, an MS in Manufacturing Engineering at Boston University, and an MLA in Ext Studies, Management from Harvard Extension School. Previously, she worked in industry as a Process Engineer in a tantalum metal refining and powder manufacturing factory, as a Research Engineer in electrolytic processing of rare earth metals, and has worked on other diverse materials science research projects, including: ceramics development for dental biomaterials applications, ancient Mesoamerican copper smelting, and polymeric photonic bandgap materials. She loves to make things by hand – sewing, knitting, welding/metalworking, carpentry, cooking – as well as spending time working in her garden, growing vegetables and flowers, and exploring nature with her two young children.
Programs Manager for Teaching and Learning
Lila is the Programs Manager for the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. Her primary responsibilities include supporting student organization, summer programs, and winter sessions. Lila is also heavily involved with the Office of Career Development where she develops workshops, as well as events for students. Lila graduated from Mount Ida College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science and continued her education at Boston University with a Masters in Criminal Justice. Lila began her career in higher education during her time at BU as a graduate assistant for the Prison Education Program. Outside of SEAS, you can find Lila cooking or at the nearest Chick-fil-A !
Administrative Coordinator for Teaching and Learning
Ashley is the Administrative Coordinator for the Teaching and Learning Group at SEAS, as well as the assistant to Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Anas Chalah. Ashley comes from a background in higher education administration and creative writing. She most recently received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she taught fiction writing workshops and literature courses for three years as a GTA, was a copyeditor at Ecotone, and graduated with honors. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she was the Managing Editor of The Emerson Review. She has formerly spent time rolling out and developing the Learning Management System, Canvas, at UNCW, training faculty and helping design courses. Beyond work at SEAS, Ashley is an avid writer, video-gamer, animal lover, and rocks and minerals enthusiast. She is an advocate for exploring and furthering the meeting of diversity, the arts, and higher education pedagogy.
SEAS Learning Incubator (LInc) Fellow and ES100 Course Coordinator
Salma is a Preceptor at SEAS LInc. She is an Electrical Engineer who earned her BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. She taught math, electrical engineering, and computer networking courses as an adjunct faculty member for almost a decade. Prior to teaching, Salma worked for a startup building networking devices and analyzing traffic management policies for the Internet. Her research interests include distributed computing, sensor and ad hoc networks, and signal processing. Salma is passionate about education and is thrilled to be working at LInc towards the innovation of curriculum and pedagogy at SEAS. Salma is also the course coordinator for ENG-SCI 100 Engineering Design Projects, where she supports students and collaborates with the teaching staff on developing pedagogy for the course. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle, cooking, her plants, tango and theatre acting. Salma is also passionate about collective liberation and is always inspired by and searching for ways to integrate the arts with activism.
Director for Active Learning, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Melissa Hancock supports the development and implementation of “wet” lab curriculum in Bioengineering and Environmental Engineering undergraduate and graduate courses. Outside of courses, Melissa assists students in designing and conducting laboratory experiments for extracurricular projects and independent capstone projects. Melissa holds a PhD from Columbia University in Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies. Prior to joining the Active Learning Labs, she studied axon guidance and insulin signaling as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Cell Biology. In addition to helping students dry soil samples, image insects on the SEM, and culture cells, Melissa enjoys crossfit, film photography, duct tape, and antique Danish furniture.
Assistant Director for Active Learning, Environmental Engineering
Glen de Vera develops laboratory curriculum for environmental science and engineering courses and supports faculty and students with their experimental needs. Since graduating with his chemistry degrees from the University of the Philippines and chemical engineering PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia, Glen worked on understanding a variety of water quality issues and providing engineering solutions to these problems. Prior to joining the Active Learning Labs, he led projects on trace contaminant removal, oxidation/disinfection processes, and analytical method development for drinking water and wastewaters during his postdocs at Yale, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and MIT. Outside of SEAS, Glen enjoys spending time with his family, choral/band singing, writing children’s books, and playing basketball.
Senior Biological and Environmental Engineer
Avery Normandin is a Biological and Environmental Engineer with the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. In this role, he supports undergraduate and graduate coursework as well as independent design projects. Prior to joining ALL, Avery worked as a learning designer at the MIT Media Lab, focusing on the development of creative learning experiences in informal spaces. He studied molecular and synthetic biology at MIT and the University of New Hampshire. Outside of the Lab, Avery plays violin with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, volunteers with the Mystic River Watershed Association, throws on the pottery wheel, and enjoys going to the Brattle for a movie whenever possible.
Director for Active Learning, Mechanical Engineering
Elaine supports the development and implementation of lab curriculum in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Sciences, and General Education for undergraduate and graduate courses. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is currently working on an ALM in Extension Studies — field: Digital Media Design from the Harvard Extension School. Elaine has over eight years of industry experience working as a Mechanical Engineer for iRobot for the Home Robots division primarily working on wet floor care robots. After her manufacturing Masters, she then worked at Medtronic as an Advance Manufacturing Engineer for the Coronary and Renal division of the Cardiac and Vascular Group. While not working, Elaine likes to play ice hockey and solve puzzles, make chocolate, and many other hobbies.
Steve Cortesa is a Mechanical Engineer for the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. His primary responsibilities include advising undergraduate and SEAS graduate student projects, managing the lab's work space and stock, and improving student lab experience in courses. Steve received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2014 and a Master of Liberal Arts in Management from the Harvard Extension School in 2020. Prior to joining the team in 2016, he spent time working in product development with EMC Corporation, Bevi, and SharkNinja. In addition to his engineering interests, Steve loves to cook and eat great food, play volleyball, and spend time in the mountains or at the beach.
Hanna Quigley is one of the Mechanical Engineers in the Active Learning Labs. Her role is to support classes and the work space. Hanna graduated from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology with her Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering Technology and joined the team right after graduating. Through college, she has worked in a variety of machine shops and makerspaces, and even interned at Harvard for a year. Outside of work, she enjoys video games, Star Trek, arts and crafts, and baking fancy desserts.
Director for Active Learning, Electrical Engineering
Leo provides curricular support in the Electrical Engineering Active Learning Labs for undergraduate and graduate courses. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, an MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an MEd in Secondary Science Education from UMass Boston. Prior to joining the SEAS Active Learning community he completed his Masters in Education through the Boston Teacher Residency and served as a STEM educator in the Boston Public Schools for over a decade. His graduate research was in the area of electronic devices and semiconductor fabrication, specifically researching Si replacement technologies (i.e. strained-Si/Ge) for applications in CMOS. As a STEM education professional he enjoys combining his passion for engineering and education by devising tools, processes, and systems to create impactful and sustainable student-centered learning experiences. Outside of work Leo enjoys making his family laugh, exercising the extreme patience it takes to be an awesome dad, experimenting in the kitchen, tinkering, surfing, and community building.
Senior Electrical Engineer
Evan is an Electrical Engineer for the Active Learning Labs. He facilitates hands-on learning in developing and implementing lab curriculum in courses involving electrical engineering. Additionally, he provides open-door technical consultation for design projects involving related topics and is focused on strategic innovation in engineering education that better enables students to express their ideas through professional means and connect with corporate entities in external collaborations. Evan graduated with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Harvard, Evan worked at the Duke University School of Medicine as a Research and Development Engineer and Electronics Lab Manager in the Division of Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology. Outside of SEAS, you might find Evan running, playing pick-up basketball, hiking with family, or developing solutions for mental health care.
Electronics Shop Engineer
Benjamin is an Electronics Shop Engineer at the SEAS/Physics Electronic Instrumentation Design Lab. He splits his time between supporting undergraduate electrical engineering coursework and designing instrumentation for research labs. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, specializing in power electronics. Outside of work, Ben enjoys video games, watching basketball, and making ice cream.
James Quigley is one of the Electrical Engineers in the Active Learning Labs. James graduated with a Bachelors in Electrical Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating, he worked in the space tech industry where he focused on RF circuit design. James is a big fan of football, chess, and all-you-can-eat buffets.
Director for Active Learning, Computing in Engineering Education
Nishant supports computational teaching and learning at SEAS by developing content for courses and teaching computational techniques and tools. He enjoys helping students in their design projects throughout their journey at SEAS. Nishant received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison developing a multiphysics method for studying electronic transport in graphene. Prior to joining SEAS, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the James Franck Institute at University of Chicago, where he devised a method to simulate the dynamics of laser-illuminated nanoparticles. Besides doing nerdy things, Nishant enjoys wandering through woods in search of interesting bugs and critters to show his kids.
Senior Computational and Simulation Engineer
Mohammad develops a computational curriculum for engineering courses at SEAS for both graduate and undergraduate students. On top of that, Mohammad also supports students with their modeling needs in capstone projects. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and has more than fifteen years of experience using various Finite Element Analysis commercial software. His research areas lay in many areas, including shape-memory materials, microfluidics biosensors, battery heat management, additive manufacturing, and material characterization. Mohammad enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and following European soccer teams while outside of work.
Jason is a Computational Engineer in the Computing in Engineering Education (CEE) team. He supports SEAS faculty and teaching staff to develop and implement computational and simulation components in courses, assist students with modeling and simulation needs, and train teaching fellows and students in various computational tools and software. Jason holds a PhD and MSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a BE in Civil Engineering from The City College of New York. Outside of work, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, playing/watching basketball, and learning something new every day.